Elegant, jam-filled Linzer sandwich cookies can be made in any simple shape. They key is cutting a window out of the top cookie to showcase a dollop of bright red jam. You can find Linzer cookie cutter sets in gourmet stores, or create your own using a small circle or diamond cutter to make the peek-a-boo window.
|2 1/4||cups||cake flour|
|1||teaspoon||cocoa (Dutch process is best)|
|3/4||cup||butter, room temperature|
|2||teaspoons||grated lemon zest|
|1 1/2||cups||ground toasted hazelnuts or hazelnut flour*|
|3/4||cup||good quality seedless raspberry preserves**|
|~||powdered sugar, for dusting|
|*Start with about 2—2 ½ cups blanched whole hazelnuts to end up with 1 ½ cups after toasting and grinding. Both blanched whole hazelnuts and hazelnut flour can be found in fine grocery stores, gourmet shops and online.**If you can’t find seedless preserves, press the jam through a strainer to remove the seeds before using.